About Taekwondo

About Taekwondo in New Zealand

Walk into almost any Taekwondo club in New Zealand and you will find an incredibly diverse group of people training together, people with different backgrounds, ages and widely different reasons for wanting to learn Taekwondo - some enjoy the competitive element, some come for fitness or to learn self defense, and some genuinely want to master it as an art.  Some join because they see their children enjoying it so much, and it’s not unusual to see whole families training together at the same club.

World Taekwondo Federation

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Taekwondo New Zealand is an official member national association of the World Taekwondo Federation.  WTF or Kukki style Taekwondo technique is developed at the Kukkiwon, which also administers WTF recognised Dan (black belt) grades.  

The Kukkiwon Organisation

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The World Taekwondo Federation is the International Sports Federation recognised by the International Olympic Committee.  It organises competitions, and provides a forum for the national bodies of each country.  Countries have a member national association (MNA), which is recognised by the Olympic committee for that country and by the World Taekwondo Federation (WTF).  

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Taekwondo New Zealand (TNZ) is the governing body for New Zealand.  For many events, such as Olympic selection, member organisations are organised into regions and for New Zealand the regional organisation is the Oceania Taekwondo Union.  

Taekwondo New Zealand  President Grandmaster Kim is also Vice President of the Oceania Taekwondo Union, and an Executive Council member of the WTF.

Taekwondo New Zealand Secretary General Matt Ransom also holds the position of Treasurer for the Oceania Taekwondo Union.